Maximus | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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4.1 w/ 11 ratings

Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Slatetank on 04-02-2009

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More undated notes finally getting transcribed.

No head, just wisps of deep-tan finding their way across the top of the beer as it arrived. Color was a deep brown with low light penetration and cola highlights. Nose was simply filled with dark, dried fruit - prunes/plums, grapes/raisins, apples, cherries, even bananas. Better living through chemistry (and esters), indeed! Mouthfeel was full, hot, fruity, estrous, an amalgam of flavors exquisitely apropos for this time of year. This was (quietly) billed as a Quad, but done differently from their usual recipe, hence the change in name. Jesus, the aftermath was poised to lay me flat! The alcohol was warming at the finish, as advertised, but getting there, Oh my! I just imagined putting my nose into Carmen Miranda's hat. Fruit salad, you boys! Wildly sweet, wildly heavy, definitely not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of DIM
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On the board as Maximus.

a: This was a dark slightly chill-hazed amber tinted brown. It was served to me with frothy off-white cap.

s: Raisins, plums, big candied sugar aromas, and some perfumed heat.

t: The candied sugar is prominent, maybe a little too much so. It overwhelms the fruit flavors, making this a bit one-dimensional and kind of chalky. There was a little heat, but nothing out of line.

m: Big, beefy body with gentle foamy carbonation.

d: Ten ounces was the right sized serving for this. Tasty, but needs tweaking. Bummed I missed the cherry version.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Iron Hill on 1/3/09 under its' new name of "Maximus". Served in an oversized mug. ABV was listed as a beefy 10.5%.

Pours a deeper hazy amber, with a 1/2 finger of foamy yet smooth light tan colored head. Retains at about the same level, leaving a rich cascade of lace that slowly recedes down the sides of the mug. The aroma is deep with fruit and sweetness and warmth. Ripe fruits and sugars are dominate here, with the yeasty character being well integrated but still mixing with the sharp warmth that is present to give the nose some beefy strength. There is smidgen of floral hops, as well as a good big of heat as this warms up.

The taste is powerful feeling, with dark fruits notes of plums and figs up front and more hard candy, sweet cocoa, and the sharp dryness of the Belgian yeast really giving this some richness in the back. Bitterness is fairly low to moderate, allowing the sweeter aspects to really shine. Finishes with a warm sweetness that drenches the mouth, before eventually ending with a fair bit of dryness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a huge mouth filling creaminess that spreads out nicely. You CAN feel the ABV here. Not necessarily with a ton of alcohol flavor (although that does become an issue towards the bottom of the mug) but just the overall bigness of the feel does start to wear one down after a while.

A Quad with some definite power to it (Maximus is a most fitting name), I just wish that this was a little more complex in the taste to help take this to the next level. Still though, this was a definite warming pick-me-up on this bitterly cold early January day. A full mug was just a little too much.

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3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on cask at Iron Hill last night, served at cask temp in a goblet.

A - Clouded dark amber w/ slow cask-ade w/ a whipped cream head that has an egg cream shade and gleams under the light like candy glaze. The ale is visibly dense w/ slow rising bubbles and light hardly penetrates it.

S - A deep fruity nose w/ tons of tropical scents -mango, banana, passionfruit scents. There is a hint of wood(cedar?) w/ nice herbal hops and the yeast esters are just enchanting w/ an almost meaty intensity

M - A mild soft vinous feel w/ full effect of malt chewiness on the palate. The alcohol presence is high w/ a slight phenolic effect and mild diacetyl but mostly sweet w/ candy-like finish and a big alcohol presence throughout

T - The taste starts w/ fruity fig-like intensity. Full on sweetness in the rich dense flavors w/ plum currant notes and the alcohol takes over w/ an almost port like accent. The hint of woody hops distract from the candy type flavors an has an almost maple sap-like sweet/dry aspect. The bitterness seems high for a quad w/ an American hop character in the taste. The sugary liquer is bordering on cloying, but the sweetness is not out of place. There is ripe banana type concentrated sugar as it comes to the final taste w/ light peppery spice from the hops. The intensity of the yeast in the cask addded a lot of banana and is almost green but w/ a little time the taste coulb be very good.

D - Not my favorite belgian from Paul & co., but the Grand Cru & Tripel never fail to satisfy so the expectations are high. I like the bold taste, but feel a longer conditioning may mellow the harsh edges on this big belgian. I would like to taste the standard version to compare side by side w/ the cask, though.

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Maximus from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 72.7% out of 100 with 11 ratings
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